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Mass Paper Street Abandonments?

Seabishop

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Sometimes I flirt with the idea of a mass abandonment of all city owned paper streets (without homes of course). Property would be split between abutters. Is such a thing ever done in an urban environment? Would it take away development rights from abutters who someday want to develop the street to city standards?
 

PlannerGirl

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Im not sure what you mean by mass-gov initiated?

If you plan to go about it this way might do a hunt for streets that could
1) never connect to anything
2) no be used do create a cul-de-sac
3) not used for trail or park connections

what your left over with take a good look and if they would truly be unusable bits left over it is ineed the norm to split it and each lot gets the portion abutting their property. HOWEVER some paper streets were created when a subdivision had a "street" on the last bit of land and the resulting paperstreet would then revert in its total to the parent adjacent lot. Clear as mud? Might be wise to do a bit of hunting to see how each paper street came to be.

Arlington Co. Va is doing a rash of paper street abandonments from their website and Im not sure if its applicant driven or they are cleaning house-might be worth checking with them. In Greensboro NC we did it when the adjacent property owners asked us to or as part of a development near by.
 

Seabishop

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PlannerGirl said:
Im not sure what you mean by mass-gov initiated?
Local government initiated in order to get rid of a lot of the paper streets platted way back when even though they may go through wetlands, down steep slopes etc. We usually abondon after someone's request too so I don't know if people who own land abutting paper streets can claim a "taking" if we initiate it without their ok.
 

Cardinal

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I would not try it. These corridors can provide opportunities in the future for the city to extend trails, install new streets, place utilities, etc. Besides, it may be a very complicated task from a legal aspect. In Wisconsin, the right-of-way of a vacated street is divided evenly between opposing property owner if both parties and the city agree to the vacation, unless the all or a portion of the street is shown to have been taken from a parcel and then that portion is allocated back to the original parcel. To do a mass-vacation, you would need to investigate the origins of every street and any additions/deletions to the right-of-way to determine the original ownership and haw the current right-of-way came to exist.
 

Rem

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I agree with Cardinal - our City had a program of closing rear lanes that were never constructed. Apart form the nightmare it creates when some adjoining owners took the land and some didn't, we have forever lost a number of streets that may have aided intensification, assisted with pedestrian connections or even contributed to green corridor creation.
 
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